Qualcomm has teased a new event on September 10, 2018, and according to the poster, it has something to do with smartwatches. It is likely that the company is planning to launch its long-rumored chipset for modern wearable at the event. The company has not issued any official response or provided any new information to confirm or deny the information. According to a report by Android Police, Qualcomm has started sending invites for the event. As part of the invite, a poster says “It’s Time” with a graphic of a smartwatch below the slogan.
The graphic indicates that the event will take place in San Francisco on September 10, 2018, and as part of the invite, the poster concludes by adding “set your watches” at the bottom. If the company indeed launches a new SoC for wearable devices then it will be a much needed upgraded. For context, as reported by the point, all the Wear OS wearable devices that have launched in “the last several years” have been powered by Snapdragon Wear 2100. Wear 2100 was launched back in 2016 and has not seen any update in almost over two years.
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This comes more than a month after the company launched Snapdragon Wear 2500. This SoC is aimed at watches for kids and does not support Wear OS. There is no information available on what features that the new SoC will sport. As previously reported, Senior director of wearables at Qualcomm, Pankaj Kedia added that the chipset will be designed from the ground up specifically for the smartwatch product segment, rather than as smartphone chipsets re-purposed for wearable use.
All of the new SoC for wearable devices will come with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as standard. Fitness-focused chips will also sport GPS, while high-end options could also have LTE onboard. This event is in line with previous reports that Qualcomm is working on a new SoC and the wearable may debut in a new Wear OS-powered smartwatch.